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07-17-2010, 03:11 PM
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Well first off if you're calling it 'soccer' haven't you already Americanized it?

I don't care about team nicknames. The J-league is better than the MLS IMO and the J-league has plenty of teams with nicknames. The league has only existed since the early 90s, but many of the teams in it have been clubs or in other leagues and existed for 40 or 50 years. So I really don't care whether the MLS uses nicknames or not.

Some fans will complain that they're trying 'to copy' the rest of the world with a FC or United used for a club in the MLS (which is silly since almost every league in the world has a FC or the equivalent of that in the language of the country so if every other country can copy, why can't the US?).

Ultimately it won't be if a team is called the Utah Lumberjacks or Cleveland Steamers that determines if the MLS is taken seriously or not, it'll be the quality of play.

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